The Nexus of Pop-Culture Fandom

Ep. #014 The ‘PREVIEWS’ Party Podcast

Written by: The PREVIEWS Party Podcast

Welcome to The PREVIEWS Party Podcast! Covering the April 2014 issue of PREVIEWS magazine from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., Fanboy Comics’ panel examines the upcoming comics, graphic novels, and other merchandise that will be available in stores nationwide and explains the importance of pre-ordering and its effect on the comic book industry as a whole.

Are you unfamiliar with PREVIEWS or the pre-order process used by comic book stores? Please see our helpful guide below to better understand what PREVIEWS is and how it can best be used to find the comics, graphic novels, and merchandise that will be on sale in the comic months.

In this month’s episode, we chat with PREVIEWSworld Editor Vince Brusio about Movie Month and the upcoming events planned for Free Comic Book Day. In addition, we are joined by Bryant Dillon and Sam Rhodes from Fanboy Comics to talk about their geek news site, their indie comic book publishing, and their newest trade paperback to be released in June, Penguins vs. Possums: Volume 1. PVP tells the tale of a secret war between two species – penguins and possums – each determined to annihilate the other. Throughout the millennia, they have kept their battle confined to the shadows; however, one brazen act has escalated this conflict to a fever pitch. As the world careens toward Armageddon, every human on the planet will soon be forced to CHOOSE A SIDE! The special panel also breaks down the exciting releases (scheduled to hit stores in June) from a variety of publishers and manufacturers, including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse Comics, IDW, Image, Archaia, BOOM! Studios, DC Collectibles, NECA, and more!


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Cast members: Jason Enright, Kristine Chester, and Scott Rubin

Special guests: Vince Brusio (PREVIEWSworld Editor, Diamond Comic Distribution, Inc.), Bryant Dillon (Fanboy Comics President), and Sam Rhodes (Fanboy Comics Creative Director)


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A Helpful Guide to PREVIEWS (Courtesy of the Diamond Comic Distribution website):


PREVIEWS is Diamond’s monthly mag-a-log (catalog and magazine) of comic books, graphic novels and other pop culture merchandise which is on sale every month in comic book shops nationwide. Each month, PREVIEWS includes listings for almost every comic book scheduled to be on sale, approximately two months in the future. You’ll find complete descriptions of each upcoming issue, how much they will cost, thier format and other points of interest. PREVIEWS also provides information on other merchandise, too, including toys, books, games, videos and much more.

How can I buy the merchandise featured in Previews?

You can order any item you see in PREVIEWS! Every item is available from your local shop and will be in their store beginning in approximately two months time. You can go to your local comic book specialty store and request a copy of the Customer Order Form when you buy the printed PREVIEWS catalog — the store will pre-order the item(s) just for you! In addition, many shops operate a “Pull and Hold” subscription service whereby they will regularly order your monthly comic books and hold them for you to pick up later. Check with your local comics shop for more details!

If you would like to find a comic shop in your area, please visit the Comic Shop Locator Service online. You’ll be provided with contact information for comic shops in your area.

How can I find a comic book shop near me?

Diamond operates the Comic Shop Locator Service (CSLS) website, an innovative tool that allows consumers to find comic book shops in their area allows users to enter their ZIP code into a graphical interface, which then rewards them with detailed information on the stores closest to their location.

Fans can also dial the toll-free number — (888) COMIC-BOOK (266-4226) — and enter their ZIP code into the CSLS’s touch-tone interface to receive information on shops nearby.

A Helpful Guide to This Month’s Episode

Are you interested in finding the comic books, graphic novels, and merchandise discussed on this month’s podcast? Please refer to the notes below to find the items in which you are interested, listed by publisher.

DC Comics

Pg. 101, Superman #32 by Geoff Johns (W) and John Romita, Jr. (A) – Order Code: APR14 0188

Pg. 123, Adventures of Superman #14 by Max Landis (W), Fabian Nicieza (W), Jock (A), Phil Hester (A), and Eric Gapstur (A) – Order Code: APR14 0245

Pg. 136, Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #1 by Art Baltazar (W/A) and Franco (W) – Order Code: APR14 0283

Marvel Comics

Marvel Pg. 38, Loki: Agent of Asgard #5 by Al Ewing (W) and Lee Garbett (A) – Order Code: APR14 0690

Marvel Pg. 55, Guardians of the Galaxy #16 by Brian Michael Bendis (W) and Nick Bradshaw (A) – Order Code: APR14 0717

Marvel Pg. 105, Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon & Groot – Steal the Galaxy! Prose Novel HC by Dan Abnett (W) – Order Code: APR14 0785

Dark Horse Comics

Pg. 49, The Strain #1 by David Lapham (W) and Mike Huddleston (A) – Order Code: APR14 0024

Pg. 72, A Second Chance at Sarah HC by Neil Druckmann (W) and Joysuke Wong (A) – Order Code: APR14 0075

IDW Publishing

Pg. 167, Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War #1 by Louise Simonson (W) and Derek Charm (A) – Order Code: APR14 0354

Pg. 188, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #13 by Chris Mowry (W) and Jeff Zornow (A) – Order Code: APR14 0451

Image Comics

Pg. 201, The Wicked + The Divine #1 by Kieron Gillen (W), Jamie McKelvie (A), and Matt Wilson (A) – Order Code: APR14 0486

Pg. 204, Red City #1 by Daniel Corey (W) and Mark Dos Santos (A) – Order Code: APR14 0490

Ballantine Books

Pg. 278, Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley (W/A) – Order Code: APR14 0949

BOOM! Studios

Pg. 284-285, Big Trouble in Little China #1 by Eric Powell (W) and Brian Churilla (A) – Order Code: APR14 0960

Pg. 297, Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens Mathematical Edition HC by Meredith Gran (W/A) – Order Code: APR14 1010

Dynamite Entertainment

Pg. 319, The Dresden Files: War Cry #1 by Jim Butcher (W), Mark Powers (W), and Carlos Gomez (A) – Order Code: APR14 1129

Kodansha Comics

Pg. 344, Attack on Titan: Colossal Edition Volume 1 GN by Isayama Hajime (W/A) – Order Code: APR14

Pg. 344, Attack on Titan: No Regrets Volume 1 GN by Isayama Hajime (W), Gan Sunaaku (A), and Hikaru Suruga (A) – Order Code: APR14 1262

Titan Comics

Pg. 362, Doctor Who The Tenth Doctor #1 by Nick Abadzis (W) and Elena Casagrande (A) – Order Code: APR14 1372

Pg. 363, Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor by Al Ewing (W), Rob Williams (W), and Simon Fraser (A) – Order Code: APR14 1379

Valiant Entertainment

Pg. 375-377, Armor Hunters #1 by Robert Venditti (W) and Doug Braithwaite (A) – Order Code: APR14 1409


Pg. 78, Game of Thrones: The Hound Limited-Edition Bust – Order Code: APR14 0090

Pg. 80, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – Link (Order Code: APR14 0115) and Ganondorf (Order Code: APR14 0116) Figures

Pg. 81, Marvel Classic Character: X-Men 94 #4 – Nightcrawler – Order Code: APR14 0117

Pg. 148, The Sandman: Overture Statue Sculpted by Dave Cortes – Order Code: APR14 0308

Pg. 149, Superman vs. Darkseid Statute (Second Edition) Designed by Walter O’Neil and Sculpted by Ray Villafane – Order Code: APR14 0310

Pg. 150, DC Comics Super-Villains Harley Quinn Bust Designed by Jim Lee and Sculpted by James Shoop – Order Code: APR14 0311

Pg. 150, DC Comics Cover Girls Katana Statue Designed by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau and Sculpted by Jack Mathews – Order Code: APR14 0312

Pg. 151, DC Comics: The New 52: Batgirl (Order Code: APR14 0313), Supergirl (Order Code: APR14 0314), Nightwing (Order Code: APR14 0315), and Red Robin (Order Code: APR14 0316) Action Figures

Pg. 152, Batman: Arkham City Mr. Freeze Statute Sculpted by Dave Cortes – Order Code: APR14 0317

Pg. 152, Batman Black & White Zombie Batman Statute by Artist Neal Adams and Sculpted by Erick Sosa – Order Code: APR14 0318

Pg. 153, Wonder Woman vs. Hydra Mini Patina Statute – Order Code: APR14 0319

Pg. 153, Superman The Man of Steel Statute Designed by Shane Davis and Sculpted by Jon Neill – Order Code: APR14 0320

Pg. 154, Scribblenauts Unmasked Mini Figures Blind Boxes Series 3 (Order Code: APR14 0321) and Series 4 (Order Code: APR14 0322)

Pg. 156, Batman (Order Code: APR14 0324), Robin (Order Code: APR14 0325), The Joker (Order Code: APR14 0326), and Harley Quinn (Order Code: APR14 0327) Mini Action Figures by Artist Dustin Nguyen

Pg. 243, The Walking Dead Series 3 Action Figures: Rick Grimes (Order Code: APR14 0620), Andrea (Order Code: APR14 0621), Punk Rock Zombie (Order Code: APR14 0622), Dwight (Order Code: APR14 0623), Rick and Andrea 2-Pack (Order Code: APR14 0624)

Pg. 243, The Walking Dead Action Figures: Shane – Order Code: APR14 0625

Pg. 401, Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks HC – Order Code: APR14 1559

Pg. 410-412, 2015 Calendars!

Pg. 414, DC Eaglemoss Chess Collection – Booster Gold White Pawn (Order Code: APR14 1642) and Killer Frost Black Pawn (Order Code: APR14 1643)

Pg. 414, Star Trek: The Official Starship Collection – Nebula Class (Order Code: APR14 1644) and Xindi-Insectoid Starship (Order Code: APR14 1645)

Pg. 415, Marvel Eaglemoss Chess Collection – Kang Black Rook (Order Code: APR14 1646) and Lizard Black Pawn (Order Code: APR14 1647)

Pg. 415, Marvel Eaglemoss Chess Collection Special Issue N 1 – Hulk & She-Hulk Special issue – Order Code: APR14 1648

Pg. 446, Marvel Minimates Series 57 Guardians of the Galaxy Movie – Order Code: APR14 1984

Pg. 447, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Spider-Man Statute – Order Code: APR14 1985

Pg. 447, Marvel Select Zombies Magneto Action Figure – Order Code: APR14 1986

Pg. 451, DC Comics Sprukits Models – Level 1 (Order Code: APR14 2007) and Level 2 (Order Code: APR14 2008-2010)

Pg. 453, Game of Thrones: Legacy Collection Action Figures – Jon Snow (Order Code: APR14 2016), Tyrion Lannister (Order Code: APR14 2017), The Hound (Order Code: APR14 2018), White Walker (Order Code: APR14 2019), Daenerys Targaryen (Order Code: APR14 2020), and Ned Stark (Order Code: APR14 2021)

Pg. 466, DC Comics Starfire Bishoujo Statute – Order Code: APR14 2091

Pg. 467, Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon ARTFX + Statute – Order Code: APR14 2092

Pg. 473, Attack on Titan: Levi Rah Figure – Order Code: APR14 2128

Pg. 491, Chogokin Hello Kitty – Order Code: APR14 2240

Pg. 509, Fanwraps Star Wars Logo Decal Sets – Rebel Alliance (Order Code: APR14 2354) and Galactic Empire (Order Code: APR14 2355)


Pg. 513, Star Wars RPG: Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook – Order Code: APR14 2368

Pg. 513, Star Wars RPG: Age of Rebellion Game Master’s Kit – Order Code: APR14 2369

Pg. 514, Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game – E-Wing (Order Code: APR14 2370), TIE Defender (Order Code: APR14 2371), TIE Phantom (Order Code: APR14 2372), and Z-95 Headhunter (Order Code: APR14 2373)

Pg. 516, Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Miniatures – Starter Figure Set (Order Code: APR14 2390), and Booster Brick (Order Code: APR14 2391)

Pg. 517, Marvel HeroClix: Guardians of the Galaxy – Foil Packs (Order Code: APR14 2394), Mini Game (Order Code: APR14 2395), and Starter Pack (Order Code: APR14 2396)